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The Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Residency Program

Program Overview


The rotations of the surgical internship are designed to fill the needs of those planning for a neurosurgical career, and emphasize pre- and post-operative care, emergency care of the trauma victim, management of the surgical patient, intensive care and neuro-critical care medicine and the development of requisite surgical skills. We have recently added major rotations in the neurosciences.

This year of training is split between rotations in general surgery and in the neurosciences. The three-month rotations in the neurosciences include:

  • Three months on the neurosurgery service
  • Neurology in-patient service
  • Neurology consultation service
  • Neurological critical care unit
  • Neuro-ophthalmology, neuropathology and neuroradiology

Rotations include general surgery, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery and the surgical intensive care unit. 

PGY-2 and PGY-3

The next two years of residency (PGY-2 and PGY-3) are spent at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The rotations, each of approximately 2 months, include the various adult neurosurgery services (Dandy, Cushing and Brem), and the neurological intensive care unit. The junior neurosurgery resident is responsible for the daily care of all hospitalized patients on his or her service and has a substantial operative experience during this time, including attendance at each service's specialty conference. 


This year is devoted to the pediatrics service at Johns Hopkins and the adult neurosurgical service at Suburban Hospital and at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a senior/chief resident. The time at Bayview allows a complete experience in patient care, beginning with outpatient programs and continuing to required hospitalizations, surgery and postoperative care. The pediatric neurosurgery service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital provides exposure to all facets of this discipline on a very busy clinical service. The portion at Suburban Hospital provides enhanced exposure to common neurosurgical procedures widely performed in smaller hospitals.

PGY-5 and PGY-6

These are two protected research years with opportunities for basic research, clinical research and clinical electives. Basic research opportunities are available in every Johns Hopkins department. Those interested in clinical research have established programs in the School of Public Health and joint training programs with the National Institutes of Health. Experience in laboratories and institutions other than Johns Hopkins may be arranged if appropriate. There is an astounding level of scholarly productivity by residents accomplished in conjunction with the strong commitment of our faculty to laboratory and clinical research. Our residents participate in laboratory research, outcomes based research and surgical enfolded fellowships.


The final year of the program is the chief resident year. The Chief Residents practice under the supervision of the faculty and are responsible for all aspects of patient clinical care on the three adult neurosurgery services, (Dandy, Cushing and Brem). Since the operative volume is large, the surgical experience is extensive. Another important component to this year is the outpatient clinic experience maintained by each chief resident under the supervision of the faculty .

Our program is fully compliant with the ACGME recommendations regarding resident on-call hours.

Learn more about our current residents, including their research and awards.

2015 Neurosurgery Faculty photo

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